Everyone knows that Russia is a massive country but as a golfing nation it’s tiny. A decade ago, golf in Russia was a novelty and the preserve of wealthy diplomats rather than a serious professional sport. But things are changing and the pleasures of the Royal & Ancient game are slowly but surely being discovered.
Naturally, Russians are stereotyped as Cossack dancing, vodka drinking, fur hat wearing, Lada driving folk who love all night parties. There must be some exceptions? This huge country is so diverse that we couldn’t possibly even begin to describe it here, so we’ll get straight on to the golf.
Naturally Moscow Country Club put Russia firmly on the golfing map, but there are now thirty golf courses in the country and more are either in the planning or construction stages.
Mill Creek Golf Club in St Petersburg
opened for business at the end of 2017. Designed by Ross McMurray
from European Golf Design, the golf facility is owned by Sergey
Borisov, who asked the architect to lay out a course that can be
played in multiple ways, using two distinct teeing areas on every
hole. Not only that, additional tees offering alternative directions
of play allow golfers to indulge in a form of cross-country golf
across the property – welcome to the brave new world of
If you've played some of Russia's golf courses and would like to help shape our future Russian golf course rankings, we’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch. Dosvidania for now.
Our Russian golf course rankings were last updated in February 2020.